India (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 16 December, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Partially Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: Some vaccines are recommended or required for India.

Fully vaccinated – Travellers shall be allowed to leave the airport and shall self-monitor their health for 14 days’ post arrival. (Please note that 15 days must have elapsed since the completion of COVID-19 vaccination schedule to be considered as fully vaccinated)

If partially vaccinated or not vaccinated – Travellers need to undertake the following measures:
– Submission of sample post- arrival COVID-19 test at the point of arrival after which they will be allowed to leave the airport
– Home quarantine for 7 days, retest on 8th day after arrival in India and if negative, self-monitor their health for a further 7 days.

To track allowed vaccines in India:
https://covid19.trackvaccines.org/country/india/

Allowed vaccines in India:
Zydus Cadila, Moderna, Gamaleya Sputnik V, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Oxford/AstraZeneca, Serum Institute of India Covishield, and
Bharat Biotech.
Tourist Entry: Banned
Testing: Negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report is required. This test should have been conducted within 72 hrs prior to undertaking the journey.
Quarantine Required: Yes
Quarantine Details: Quarantine for 7-10 days required for all countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 14.12.2021
1. Until 31 January 2022, flights to India are suspended.
– This does not apply to relief, repatriation and humanitarian flights.
2. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
This does not apply to:
– nationals of Bhutan, India, Maldives and Nepal;
– residents of India;
– passengers with an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card or booklet;
– passengers with a Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) card;
– passengers with a diplomatic passport and an NOC (No Objection Certificate) issued by the Ministry of External Affairs;
– passengers with a visa (excluding medical visas issued on or before 21 October 2020, and tourist visas(Type T)) issued by India;
– passengers with an E-visa (excluding E-Tourist visas) issued by India;
– passengers with an E-Tourist visa issued on or after 6 October 2021;
– passengers with a tourist visa (Type T) issued on or after 6 October 2021.
3. Passengers are not allowed to transit through Bangalore (BLR), Chennai (MAA), Delhi (DEL), Hyderabad (HYD), Kolkata (CCU) or Mumbai (BOM) to a third country.
4. E-Tourist visas and tourist visas (Type T) are no longer valid.
– This does not apply to E-Tourist visas and tourist visas (Type T) issued on or after 6 October 2021.
5. Medical visas issued on or before 21 October 2020 are no longer valid.
6. Passengers must complete the self-declaration form before departure. They must select ‘Air Suvidha’ on the right top corner at www.newdelhiairport.in
7. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test must be uploaded at www.newdelhiairport.in
– This does not apply to passenger younger than 5 years.
8. Passengers arriving from Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, China (People’s Rep.), Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mauritius, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, United Kingdom or Zimbabwe are subject to a COVID-19 antigen or RT-PCR test upon arrival at their own expense.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 5 years.
9. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for up to 14 days. Details can be found at https://www.mohfw.gov.in/
10. Passengers are subject to medical screening
11. Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) cards which have expired are considered valid until 31 December 2021.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Travel to India for tourism and most other short-term purposes is still not permitted.

However, some additional categories of travelers including certain business travelers, as well as individuals moving to India as residents, are permitted.

Some vaccines are recommended or required for India.

Fully vaccinated – Travellers shall be allowed to leave the airport and shall self-monitor their health for 14 days’ post arrival. (Please note that 15 days must have elapsed since the completion of COVID-19 vaccination schedule to be considered as fully vaccinated)

If partially vaccinated or not vaccinated – Travellers need to undertake the following measures:
– Submission of sample post- arrival COVID-19 test at the point of arrival after which they will be allowed to leave the airport
– Home quarantine for 7 days, retest on 8th day after arrival in India and if negative, self-monitor their health for a further 7 days.

To track allowed vaccines in India:
https://covid19.trackvaccines.org/country/india/

All international travelers arriving in India, regardless of vaccination status, must upload a negative RT-PCR report to the Air Suvidha portal (https://www.newdelhiairport.in/airsuvidha/allairports) taken within 72 hours of the start of their journey. Additional testing on entry/quarantine may apply depending on country of embarkment/transit.

Health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry. The type of screening depends upon where the traveler is coming from and/or transiting through.

-Travelers coming from or transiting through the UK, Europe, Brazil, South Africa, or the Middle East must submit to and pay for a confirmatory molecular test upon arrival. All other international travelers must submit to thermal (fever) screening upon arrival. Passengers who are symptomatic or screened positive for fever or virus will be taken to designated isolation facilities for further evaluation and testing.

-The information on these passengers will be shared with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare staff for further follow-up.

See the chart here https://bit.ly/3BtwCbL for further details

All international passengers must visit in/airsuvidha/allairportsand (https://www.newdelhiairport.in/airsuvidha/allairports) submit a self-declaration form at least 72 hours prior to departure for India.
 

Lockdown Details

All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function.

The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalized if you violate restrictions. Restrictions may vary between states. New Restrictions can be put in place at short notice to curb the spread of the virus. You should closely monitor local media reports and follow the instructions of local authorities.
 

Sources

https://in.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
Data Source: covidcontrols.co